Articles by Reena Karasin

BBC Adventurer Uses Gecko Technology to Scale EF Education First Building

A gecko could climb the 10-story glass waterfall at EF Education First’s North American Headquarters in 52 seconds. So when local research and development laboratory Draper was tasked with helping soldiers scale walls, its researchers found the lizard an obvious prototype. “A couple years ago my son requested a gecko for his birthday, and I […]


World Baking Shop Sets Sights on Camberville

For Alyssa and Teddy Applebaum, it’s all about the grain. “Once people get introduced to it, it’s just like anything else that we’ve adopted and gotten really excited about that seemed weird 20 years ago, but now everybody gets it,” Teddy says. “There’s like 20 varieties of coffee and everybody talks about their variety of […]


Cambridge Men Explore Their Roles in the #MeToo Movement

Content warning: This article discusses gender-based violence. “Those of us who identify as male most likely learned some behaviors that were very harmful, specifically to women,” Duane de Four, a member of Mending Cambridge who works with universities, the military, and professional sports leagues to end gender-based violence, told 20 participants. “Think about some of […]


What You Need to Know About the Vision Zero Action Plan

The city released a detailed plan earlier this month for how it will eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, after pledging to adopt Vision Zero in 2016. Vision Zero got its start in Sweden in the late 20th century, according to the City of Cambridge website, and has since disseminated throughout the world. Cities come […]


Valentine’s Day in Cambridge

Still making your Valentine’s Day plans? Here are some distinctly Cambridge events around the city for those who want an alternative to a sit-down dinner. “Queer Heartache” Kit Yan, a queer, trans slam poet, shares the challenges unique to all forms of queer love and the strength it takes to navigate them. “If you’ve ever […]


Paying Attention to ‘The Little Details’

Ever feel like your belongings are closing in on you in your high-rent, low-square-footage Cambridge home? If so, you’re in luck—a professional organizing studio is headed to 2255 Mass. Ave. Stasia Steele started The Little Details over six years ago because she loved the way that proper organization could make a person’s life simpler. Organization […]


Meet the Students Who Are Shaping the Future of Transportation in Cambridge

Eight teams of Cambridge Rindge and Latin Students will spend their summers making transportation in Cambridge more sustainable. Approximately 35 students won summer internships with the city through the Glocal Challenge, a collaboration among EF Education First, the City of Cambridge, and CRLS that invites students to come up with creative solutions to local problems […]


Library Receives Coding Education Grant

The Cambridge Public Library received a Ready to Code grant from the American Library Association and Google to run a seven-week computer science program this summer. “Coding is something that we’ve been wanting to ramp up our services around for a while,” says Manager of Technology and Innovation Reinhard Engels. “It’s something that, as public […]


CRLS Black Student Union Takes to the Press

Members of the Black Student Union, which was resurrected at Cambridge Rindge and Latin this school year, will launch a news publication focusing on the lived experiences of students of color this February. Students were inspired to start The Volume by Frederick Douglass’s anti-slavery publication, The North Star, and by the Black Panther Party’s newspaper. […]


Blood and Biomarkers: Tracking the Body from the Inside

Laura Ingalls is a marathon runner, triathlete, and running coach. In late 2013, she inexplicably began to gain weight. Her doctor told her nothing was wrong, and that to combat weight gain she should exercise more—a recommendation that she found baffling, given her active lifestyle. Ingalls tried out InsideTracker, a Cambridge-based health optimization service that […]


Winter Carnival Kicks Off in Harvard Square

Harvard Square kicks off months of programming designed to bring people to the neighborhood during the coldest months of the year today, promising a whole host of events including a chocolate festival, a chili cook-off, and celebrations for the Chinese New Year. “You take all of those things and you put them together and you realize, […]


City Opens Winter Warming Center

Cambridge opened a warming center on Tuesday that will provide an alternative to shelters for the city’s homeless population during the coldest months of the year. The city found that despite the many local human services organizations, people were falling through the cracks, according to Shelly Chevalier, planning and development manager for the department of […]